Fashion is not just a fashion but it’s an art and passion. It creates a dream and designs a vision for the life. So let’s see the top ten most famous and influential fashion designers of the world that left their remarkable score in the global fashion industry.
1. Coco Chanel (1883-1971).
For almost six decades this French fashion designer ruled Parisian haute couture. Her stylishly simple designs encouraged women of fashion to desert the complex, painful clothes, that were prevalent in the 19th-century like petticoats and corsets. She believed “luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury,” Her designs focus on simplicity and comfort and later her fashion belief revolutionized the whole fashion industry. Chanel suit, the quilted purse, costume jewellery, and the “little black dress” are some of her best innovations and contribution to women fashion. Perfume ‘Chanel No. 5’, which she introduced in 1921 became the financial basis of this brand. One of the most influential, Karl Lagerfeld led Chanel’s couture house with tenure (1983–2019), after her death.
2. Calvin Klein (Born 1942)
American fashion designer eminent for his design of jeans, womenswear, menswear, cosmetics and perfumes, bath & bed linens, and other fashion collections. He established Calvin Klein Inc. in 1968. He expressed his design philosophy as “simple, comfortable but stylish clothes—but with nothing over scale or extreme.” His label clothes were fairly pricey, classic and elegant. Notably easy to wear and highly appreciated by fashion enthusiasts in the US and other countries.
3. Donatella Versace (Born 1955)
Donatella Francesca Versace is an Italian fashion designer. Vice president and artistic director at Gianni Versace SpA., founded in 1978 by Gianni Versace. She initiated Versus, along with Young Versace, later became integral for the company. She takes care of the Brand-image. After Gianni Versace’s death, she focused on Advertising and grew the Brand. She brought Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and other stars to the Versace line.
4. Giorgio Armani (Born 1934)
Italian fashion designer, mainly known for an extremely luxurious, elegant and relaxed style of design. In 1975, he launched his label for men and women ready-to-wear, later diversified into music, sport and luxury hotels. He expresses his fashion philosophy as, “I was the first to soften the image of men and harden the image of women. I dressed men in women’s fabrics, and stole from men what women wanted and needed—the power suit.”
5. Ralph Lauren (Born 1939)
American fashion designer, mainly build his brand as an elite American lifestyle brand that made it a globally successful fashion empire. In 1968, he named his first full line of menswear ‘Polo’. He explains his style, “I’m interested in longevity, timelessness, style—not fashion.” He is a notable philanthropist.
6.Tom Ford (Born 1961)
American fashion designer, mainly known for reviving ‘Gucci’ from its bad days. He worked as creative director for Gucci between 1994 to 2004. In 2004 he founded the ‘Tom Ford’, fashion house. In 2007, the label’s flagship store opened.
7. Marc Jacobs (Born 1963)
An American fashion designer is mainly known for the “grunge” collection. In 1993 established Marc Jacobs International Company, L.P., later reintroducing Jacobs’s signature brand, which debuted menswear line.
8. Donna Karan (Born 1948)
Full name Donna Ivy Faske is an American Designer. Globally known for her acclaimed comfort and simplicity integrated fashion designs of the clothes. In 1988, debuted the DKNY line under the Donna Karan Co. She was particularly distinguished for her signature bodysuits, dark tights, fitted jackets, and heavy pieces of jewellery.
9. Christian Dior (1905-1957)
French fashion designer ruled the fashion world during world war two. He revolutionized fashion and introduced some variety of new silhouettes, together with H-line, A-line, and Y-line. In 1947, he introduced the ground-breaking new look, igniting international controversy over its drastically lowered hemline. The look featured small shoulders, a cinched waist, and a voluminous skirt.
10. Stella McCartney (Born 1971)
A British fashion designer is mainly known primarily for her fur-free and leather-free apparel and celebrity-studded clientele. She is the daughter of Sir Paul McCartney (a former Beatle) and Linda McCartney, a noted photographer and animal-rights activist. She designed the uniforms for the athletes representing Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. In 2018, Meghan Markle wore her designed dress at her wedding reception.
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